I've just returned from a trip to Bergen, Norway. Our flight landed Wednesday night, so I knew that I'd be cutting it close if I wanted this newsletter to go out as normal on Thursday morning. I'd have to write the blog post and the newsletter while en route. My cunning plan then was to write about the trip to Bergen. Maybe it would be a travel log or maybe not. In any event, if all went well, I'd have a draft by the time I landed back in Amsterdam.
There was some method to this madness. I wanted to try my hand at travel writing because if and when I launch into my round-the-world trip, I might need to write articles to pay my way. But what exactly is travel writing? I could take a walk down a well-worn path, possibly strewn with strategically chosen product placements. Write a listicle about must-see places culled from Trip Advisor reviews. Since I won't read any of that stuff, I'm not about to write one myself.
So my challenge was not only to write about travel to Bergen but to find something interesting to say. Yes, there are fjords in Norway and multi-colored wooden houses in Bergen. A rich history going back to the days of the Hanseatic League and farther. The food is yummy and the clothing cool. If you want to know more, go buy a guidebook.
The thing that caught and kept my attention was the street art of Bergen. I knew it was there so I asked at the tourist center where we should go. The guy gave me a weird look and now I know why. Street art is everywhere: on walls, gates, roofs and tunnels. I found the lovely work of stencil graffiti pictured above on Professor Keysers gate, close to the University of Bergen. I took dozens of photographs and slowly, an idea for a blog post formed in my mind. Here it is: Graffiti.
If you'd like to see more of my pics from Bergen, you can take a peek at my Instagram account. And if you, like me, discover you've become addicted to street art, you can follow StreetArtMapMe that charts street art from Milan, Italy or dive into the Google Art Project on Street Art.
See you at my Master Class this Sunday?